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Sunday's Best Deals: SSDs, SodaStream, Philips Hue, and More

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Samsung SSDs, Philips Hue lights, and Super Mario Odyssey game guides lead off Sunday’s best deals from around the web.

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An SSD is the best upgrade you can give your older computer, and Samsung’s 850 EVO line is the most popular one there is. A worldwide NAND shortage has reversed the previously inexorable downward price trend on these things over the past year or so, but today on Amazon, you can score a 1TB drive for $300, the best price Amazon’s listed in 2017.

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If you don’t need quite that much space, the 500GB model is priced at $150 right now. That’s $10 more than it was last month, but it’s still on the low end of the price spectrum for this drive this year.

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They don’t have the battery life of AirPods, either in the buds themselves or in the included charging case, but at $80, these tiny Rowkin truly wireless earbuds are worth a look.

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Anker’s glass screen protectors will keep your iPhone displays looking flawless, and you can get two of them for just $5 right now on Amazon.

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Aukey Bluetooth SPDIF Transmitter, $28 with code AUKEBRO2
Aukey Bluetooth SPDIF Transmitter, $28 with code AUKEBRO2
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External Bluetooth transmitters and receivers with 3.5mm jacks have been around for years, but Aukey’s new model raises the bar with support for optical (SPDIF) audio.

The little box can both receive and transmit Bluetooth signals, and includes SPDIF in and out ports to connect it to your TV or high-end audio equipment. Plus, it can even pair to two pairs of headphones simultaneously when transmitting, which would allow two people to, say, listen to the same TV over headphones to avoid waking up someone in the next room. Just be sure to use promo code AUKEBRO2 at checkout to save $12.

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You’re probably familiar with the color-changing Hue lights that screw into your existing lamps and light fixtures, but if you really want to paint your rooms with color, you’ll want to pick up a few Hue Bloom accent lights as well.

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These lights used to sell for around $80, and today’s $45 deal on Amazon is the best we’ve ever seen. If you’re already invested in the Hue ecosystem, you should absolutely pick up at least one.

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If you want to take your Hue ecosystem on the go, the Hue Go is similar to the Bloom, except that it can run off a battery for up to three hours at a time, making it perfect for backyard parties. $60 is one of the best deals we’ve ever seen on it.

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There are only a handful of USB battery packs out there with USB-C Power Delivery, and this is the lowest price we’ve ever seen on one of them.

$56 gets you RAVPower’s 26,800mAh battery pack, complete with a 30W USB-C port that can power a MacBook or Nintendo Switch at basically full speed, plus two regular USB ports as well. We posted a deal on a very similar Anker battery pack recently that cost more (though it did come with a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger, no small thing), and either one would be a great companion on a long flight.

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You know when you ask someone to take a picture of you and your family on vacation, and you quickly learn that almost nobody understands how to take a decent photo? With a tripod, you can be in total control of those long range selfies, and this $13 AmazonBasics model works with most DSLRs and can extend from 16.5 inches up to 50 inches.

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Samsung Radiant R5, $180 with code WAM5500
Samsung Radiant R5, $180 with code WAM5500
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Much like a SONOS, Samsung’s Radiant R5 speaker connects directly to your favorite music services, sounds great, and can sync with other Samsung speakers for multi-room audio. But as you might have guessed from the name, the Radiant outputs crystal clear audio and deep bass (they packed a 5" subwoofer into that thing!) in 360 degrees. It regularly sells for $300-$350 around the web, but you can get it for just $180 today with promo code KINJARADIANT.


Monoprice Select 3D Printer V2, $255 with code 3DSELECT
Monoprice Select 3D Printer V2, $255 with code 3DSELECT
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If you have any inkling that you might be interested in 3D printing, this Monoprice deal is as good as it gets. Score their v2 entry-level printer for just $255 with promo code 3DSELECT, while they last.

Our deal researcher Corey is our resident 3D printing expert, and he had this to say:

I own that. I think it is the best starter 3D printer available. Prints ABS, PLA, Copoly, and several other filaments. Expect to tweak it to get the results you want, but also expect more capabilities than its price warrants.

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EveShine RGB Bias Light, $10 with code AO62ENGB
EveShine RGB Bias Light, $10 with code AO62ENGB
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We see a lot of deals on home theater bias lights, but even by our standards, $10 is insanely cheap for an RGB model. Just stick it to the back of your TV, plug it into a USB port, and control it with the included remote.

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iClever Bluetooth Headphones, $17 with code PXNV65EL
iClever Bluetooth Headphones, $17 with code PXNV65EL
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You could fill a swimming pool with sub-$20 Bluetooth earbuds, but not many of them boast 8mm drivers, let alone 10 hours of battery life. Even if you already own a pair you like, I recommend getting extra sets of headphones to keep in your gym bag or luggage, for when you inevitably forget your favorites.

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Extra PureVPN savings with code PRIVACY20
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There’s a nasty new Wi-Fi exploit out in the wild these days, but you can protect yourself from prying eyes (and get around geo-blocked content too) with a VPN subscription.

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Lo and behold, PureVPN is offering some pretty stellar discounts right now when you use promo code Privacy20:

  • 24 months for $62.40 ($2.60 per month)
  • Six months for $42.96 ($7.16 per month)
  • One month for $8.76

PureVPN encrypts and obscures all of your internet traffic from everyone from malicious hackers to your ISP to the government, and includes some cool features like a kill switch to automatically disconnect your Wi-Fi if the VPN stops working, as well as split tunneling, which can route some of your traffic through the VPN, while letting the rest go through your ISP.

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Top Home Deals

Heat Resistant Cooking Gloves, $13 with code WGUYGS89
Heat Resistant Cooking Gloves, $13 with code WGUYGS89
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These $11 gloves let you grab a hot pan out of the oven, pull meat right off a grill, or even turn logs in an active campfire without getting burned, like some kind of superhero. We’ve seen silicone barbecue gloves for less than this in the past, but these are rated for much higher temperatures, and should be more flexible as well.

There’s actually a $15 Lightning deal running on them as of the time of this writing, but whether that’s still valid or not, use promo code L8ERJCOU to get them for $11.

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For one day only, Amazon’s deeply discounting a bunch of Kalorik kitchen appliances, from electric salt and pepper grinders to a waffle iron to electric kettles, and more. A few highlights are below, but head over to Amazon to see the rest.

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You could store your olive oil and vinegar in the ugly bottles they came in, or you could transfer them to a pair of inexpensive glass bottles instead. Your cooking Instagrams will never be the same.

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Both of these discounted blenders come with multiple blending jars, including a food processor bowl, so whether you’re making a smoothie for one or salsa for an entire party, you’ll have the right tool for the job.

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ILIFE A4S Robotic Vacuum, $150 with code DGQI57RL
ILIFE A4S Robotic Vacuum, $150 with code DGQI57RL
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Robotic vacuums are so cheap and ubiquitous now, it almost makes sense to start building a fleet of them.

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While it lacks the brand recognition of a Roomba, and we can’t personally vouch for them like we can for the Eufy RoboVac 11, this ILIFE A4S vacuum has very good reviews, and is insanely affordable today at $150 with promo code DGQI57RL. Now you’ll have more time to clean the bathroom!

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Some people can’t live without their coffee, but for me, it’s fizzy water. While supplies last, you can get a SodaStream Jet from Amazon for $68, complete with a small starter CO2 canister. That’s not the lowest price ever, but it’s the best deal Amazon’s run in months.

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This inexpensive bed frame looks great, and its closely-spaced slats make it perfect for those foam mattresses you can buy on the internet, with no box spring required.

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Whether you decide to pass them out to trick-or-treaters or keep for yourself, this a good deal on Snickers variety pack. You get 2 full pounds of fun-sized Snickers in all 4 flavors - regular, peanut butter, almond, and crisper for just $9. You can save another 50 cents if you subscribe, but remember to cancel your subscription if you don’t want multiple shipments.

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4-Pack 12 LED Solar Motion Lights, $18 with code XNLCDGP3
4-Pack 12 LED Solar Motion Lights, $18 with code XNLCDGP3
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Most of us will soon be enduring the season of perpetual darkness, in which the sun is already setting by the time we leave the office. So really, there’s never been a better time to install some affordable solar motion lights around the outside of your home. You can stick them anywhere that gets a sliver of sun during the day, and they don’t require any wiring.

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Suaoki Air Compressor, $26 with code A9B8SLMD
Suaoki Air Compressor, $26 with code A9B8SLMD
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There are few things more irritating than noticing your tires are low on air, and then having to find a bunch of quarters, driving to the gas station, and cursing the heavens when the compressor shuts off before you’ve finished filling all four.

Instead, just buy this tiny $26 compressor, and fill up your own tires from anywhere. You can thank me later.

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The Nest Learning Thermostat usually costs $250, or maybe $200 if you find a good sale, but today at Home Depot, you can pick up a refurb of the previous generation model for only $139. The only real difference between this and the current edition is that it has a smaller screen, and it’s not like you’re watching movies on the thing.


TaoTronics Oil Diffusers, $10 with code 9HESUV4K
TaoTronics Oil Diffusers, $10 with code 9HESUV4K
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I was in the camp of people who felt like aromatherapy diffusers were glorified Glade plug-ins. And they are to some extent, but the fact you can use natural essential oils to create the scent, rather than whatever Glade uses, is a real game changer. The peppermint and eucalyptus scents can help with migraines and sinus headaches as well help humidify the air during drier winter months.

This diffuser is just $10 (with code 9HESUV4K), has 2 different aromatherapy settings, and doubles as an LED light with 5 colors options. Throw in this 9-pack of essential oils, just $13 with code BLISSOIL, and you’re all set.

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Amazon makes trail mix now, because Amazon makes everything, and all three flavors are a couple bucks less than usual today. I’ve had the Sweet & Spicy, and it’s excellent. It’s only a matter of time until they can deliver this to you by drone when you’re actually out on a remote trail.

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When is a pen worth $40? Possibly never, but the GP 1945 makes a really strong case.

This Kickstarter campaign is set to ship out pens starting in November, and the demo unit they sent me is incredibly impressive. My titanium model is very solid and well built (there’s also a lighter aluminum version), to the point that I don’t think I could break it if I tried. The butt cap also doubles as a glass breaker for emergencies, the diamond knurled finger grip works as a small ruler, and you can even blow into the back of the tube to to use it as a survival whistle.

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Gifs don’t do the bolt action mechanism justice

The real star of the show here though is the bolt action method of extending and retracting the tip of the pen. It gives you enough resistance to be satisfying, but not enough to be slow or frustrating, and it makes a very addictive click when the mechanism slides into place. I have no less than four fidget toys in heavy rotationon my desk, but clicking this pen was all I wanted to do today.

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There’s only about a week left of the campaign, but you can still get aluminum GP 1945s for under $40, or titaniums for under $70. That’s a lot to spend on yourself, but these would make great gifts for the holidays. Plus, if you pledge $8 extra and include a note, they’ll throw in a magnesium pen core that you can use to start a fire. Just take it out and rub it against the finger grip to generate a spark.

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What’s better than a $13 folding camp chair with a cupholder? A $13 folding camp chair with TWO cupholders, of course.

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Lululemon is normally pretty expensive, especially for clothes that you plan on sweating in. But, as an owner of a couple of pairs of their yoga pants, their clothes last forever and feel great.

Today, you save a little cash by shopping their We Made Too Much clearance sale on men’s clothes. They have a pretty wide selection of shorts, sweaters, pants, and tanks.

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Dorco Pace Trial Pack, $19 with code KINJA1020A
Dorco Pace Trial Pack, $19 with code KINJA1020A
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Dorco’s Pace razors consistently represent some of the best values in the shaving industry, even when they aren’t on sale, but if you aren’t sure which model is right for you, this trial pack can help you decide.

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The Pace Trial Pack includes a handle, six Pace 6 Plus cartridges (which include a seventh blade on the top to use as an edger), and four each of their Pace 6, Pace 4, and Pace 3 cartridges, which includes six, four, and three blades, respectively. The set would normally cost you about $38, but promo code KINJA1020A will take 50% off at checkout.


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If you don’t know about Dallas-based Breda, you need to. The watch brand creates minimalist, easy-to-wear styles of watches that aren’t overworked or overpriced. And we’ve got 35% off on three different styles, including different colorways. Use the code KINJA35, including different colorways. Use the code KINJA35 and grab the Valor, the Rand, or the Belmont for 35% off ($46-$52, depending on the style).

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Super Mario Odyssey comes out this week (preorder it with Prime for $48!), and both the hardcover and paperback Prima game guides are both cheaper than ever right now.

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Parrot doesn’t make the best drones out there, but if you’re curious about earning your wings before investing in a DJI, a bunch of refurbished quadcopters and accessories are on sale in today’s Amazon Gold Box.


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Hasbro’s board games don’t really hold a candle to the likes of Catan, but they’re family friendly and easy to pick up, and a bunch of them are on sale today on Amazon.


20% off gaming accessories. Promo code TWITCHCON20.
20% off gaming accessories. Promo code TWITCHCON20.
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TwitchCon 2017 kicked off today, and Amazon’s celebrating the best way they know how: With a sale. Save 20% on any of the gaming peripherals you see on this page with promo code TWITCHCON20, including popular gear from Logitech, Razer, Corsair, and more.


When CogniToys asked me to check out their latest educational toy, STEMosaur, I was fearful it would end up in the pile of “nothing special” STEM toys that litter my kids’ room. I was absolutely wrong.

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At just $99, an Indiegogo exclusive price for Kinja readers, STEMosaur packs an inordinate amount of education, games, jokes, core coding concepts, and more into his softly textured plastic shell.

My six year old was excited to fit plastic parts, drive screws, and connect ribbon cables to assemble her new toy. After installing the CogniToys app and getting him connected to the internet, STEMosaur’s gruff little voice came to life as he immediately started asking and answering questions. My daughter was soon playing games, learning facts, and laughing through full conversations with him.

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In minutes, STEMosaur went from a box of parts, to a toy, to a playmate, to a companion. Your $99 Indiegogo pledge (expected to ship in December) gets you a smart educational toy with near infinite replay value, thanks to a solid out-of-the-box design and regular CogniToys system updates. As an added bonus, he’s cute and falls low on the ever-growing list of STEM toys in my home that may one day become sentient and kill my family.


Super Mario Odyssey, $48 for Prime Members
Super Mario Odyssey, $48 for Prime Members
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Super Mario Odyssey is only a few days away, and here’s a friendly reminder that if you have Amazon Prime, you can preorder it for $12 off(discount shown at checkout). This deal is valid up until release day, but Amazon’s been known to sell out of preorders of popular Nintendo games in the past, so it might behoove you to place your order early.

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You can also preorder a Switch bundle with exclusive Joy-Con, and the game included.

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